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When open source sells out.

Aug 19, 2010, 06:02 (1 Talkback[s])
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"I just read a rather alarming article claiming that Oracle aims to destroy open source software industry. This article is in the tone of chicken little. As in the sky is falling and all is doom and gloom. It is written in such a way to ring every alarm bell it can find. It is, I believe, on the border of FUD, even crossed over the border a bit in some places.

"However, this is one scenario which must be seriously considered (Me? Serious?). As open source software becomes popular and gains perceived value it becomes a prize. People or companies will want to gain control of it and find some way of profiting by it. This is not surprising, it is the Enterprise manner to engage in this thinking.

"So what can really happen with open source software if or when it sells out? Quite simply it stays open source. That will not change and here's why. Unless the open source program only has a single programmer then the only way to change the license of that program is to gain the agreement of all contributors."

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